Letter from the Editor: Forget the New Year’s resolutions!

By Blaine Howerton, Editor
North Forty News

Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions fail so often?

This is because they are often punitive in nature consisting of things we “wish” we wanted to do — when in reality, WE DON’T WANT TO DO.

Gyms can sell far more memberships than their facilities can accommodate – and why? Because the majority of people who sign up at the start of the year will rarely, if ever, use their gym membership.

This year, it may be time to take a step back and determine, “What motivates you? »

Better yet, consider what may be missing in your life that can support and inspire you to become a more successful and happier person than you were last year?

Many people lament their tendency to overeat food and drink, when what may underlie such behavior is a general dissatisfaction with the way their life is going. Figure out what needs are unmet in your life, find ways to meet them, and all kinds of things in your life might improve.

For example, people need continual sources of inspiration. In the past, these needs were often met through participation in a spiritual community. For some people it can still provide the upliftment they seek and also the association with people who are actively working to better their own lives as well as the lives of others. Other people may need secular forms of inspiration. How can you feel like your life matters beyond the obvious – that you’re not only having an impact, but leaving a legacy?

When part of your endeavor is to work for the greater good, all kinds of new ideas, working relationships, and new friends can enter your life and enrich it far beyond the years past.

Exploration may be necessary to introduce you to new people, new movements, new ideas, and new forms of inspiration that introduce you to parts of yourself that you never imagined.

Take the time to expand your awareness, your intention, and your ability to make a difference not just in your own life, but in the lives of people you may never personally meet.

Consider watching one TED Talk a day. Pick a topic of interest and often a TED Talk covers that for 10 minutes to an hour.

Visit a “real” bookstore where topics you never knew existed often jump out at you. With online book search algorithms, you are directed to what has always interested you. For new inspiration, get out of these usual patterns!

Reach out to people you know who may be retired professionals and hang out with them over coffee, lunch, or Happy Hour. People of different generations offer a new perspective. They often know things that have been pushed aside by the distraction of technology and are definitely worth plugging back into your life.

Discover the challenges and the decisive action of the “giants of humanity”, in recent times or a century ago, through the reading of biographies.

As you embark on this new year, be kind and gentle with yourself.

Commit to introducing yourself to new ideas, new forms of inspiration, and new collaborations in person. Do it, and at the end of the year, we predict that 2022 will turn out to be one of the most extraordinary years of your life – so far, of course!

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